As previously reported here at Stargazed Magazine, Sweden’s progressive rock/metal masters Pain of Salvation will release a new studio album, “PANTHER”, via InsideOutMusic on August 28th, 2020. The follow-up to 2017’s “In The Passing Light Of Day” was recorded, mixed and produced by Daniel Gildenlöw with Daniel Bergstrand (In Flames, Meshuggah, Devin Townsend) and comes with illustrations made by André Meister.
The second single off “PANTHER” is the album’s title track. Watch the video, directed by Lars Ardarve and Daniel Gildenlöw, here:
Daniel Gildenlöw comments the song: “Of course we need to introduce you to the title track of our coming album, “PANTHER”. In many ways, the lyrics and concept of the “PANTHER” album have grown out sideways from our previous album “In The Passing Light Of Day” – branching out like a new tree from the stem, specifically from the track “Full Throttle Tribe”. Another trigger for the album was the chorus of the song “PANTHER”:
“How does it feel to be you?” she once asked me
I said “I feel like a panther trapped in a Dog’s world”
“PANTHER” is an album with many layers, but at the heart of it you will find my lifelong struggle to calibrate my interface towards mankind, trying to calculate the offset to a species that I have on some levels always felt myself estranged to. A feeling I think many can relate to. This is depicted in the title track, which is one of the album’s corner stones.
Storm-born, lull-bred, semi-tamed – we seem to be the same, but I pretend…
The work on this song was intense, almost feverish, and I felt obligated to let it become what it wanted to become, without fear or prejudice. This pushed me into very specific sounds and approaches. You may not think it, but this song is in fact among the most guitar dense tracks in the history of the band. There are 16 tracks of guitars in this song. Yep. Only, many of them may sound different to what you are used to. What you might think are loops are actually played guitars.
I have always felt that music is at its best when it comes from a source of passion, frustration, courage and curiosity. That has been, and will always be, my northern star in creativity. PANTHER is all those things. I was attracted to hard rock and metal as a kid because it sounded new, it sounded brave and it was pushing things, restlessly being on a journey to somewhere. If metal is to make any sense to me, it needs to keep pushing and keep being brave. And progressive music needs to keep progressing.
Damn, maybe this sounds too pretentious, forget it, just step on the rollercoaster and ride with us! Find your inner panther… 🙂 ”
Songs / Tracks Listing
3. Restless Boy
5. Keen to a Fault
Next to the standard CD and the Digital Album formats, “PANTHER” will also be available as limited 2CD Mediabook (Including expanded artwork and the following 4 bonus tracks on a separate disc: “PANTHER (demo)”, “KEEN TO A FAULT (demo)”, “FIFI GRUFFI” and “UNFOREVER”) and as 180g. Gatefold 2LP (Including the 4 bonus tracks on Side D and album on CD as bonus), in the following variations:
Black vinyl – Unlimited
Deep blood red vinyl – 100x copies from IOM Webshop Europe
Transparent blue vinyl – 300x copies from CM Distro
Transparent green vinyl – 200x copies from EMP
Lilac vinyl – 200x copies from JPC
White vinyl – 200x copies from Pain of Salvation
Transparent yellow vinyl – 100x copies from Pain of Salvation
Pre-order “PANTHER” HERE.